KGO News Radio reporter Leslie Brinkley visited Saint Mary's to report on the uptick of student veterans on the campus. In 2008, the College had only 12 student veterans; in 2011 the number has nearly tripled to 34. The uptick is attributable to an increase in higher education benefits for U.S. service men and women.
About a third of those attending SMC are covered by the Yellow Ribbon GI Bill program, which funds tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition. Saint Mary's covers 50% of a veteran's remaining costs (tuition, books and fees), and the Veterans Administration picks up the rest.
Among other things, Yellow Ribbon vets must have served a total of at least 36 months on active duty after September 11, 2001. The rest of the student veterans at Saint Mary's receive tuition assistance through other forms of GI bills, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
For the news story, KGO's Brinkley interviewed Lyone Conner, assistant registrar and veteran benefits coordinator for the College, and Isaac Morton, an economics major and Iraq war veteran.